(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
The UAE's National Media Council (NMC) also censured Qatar's attempts to drag the KSA into this issue, attributing Doha's conduct to political motives due to its row with the anti-terror quartet: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt.
'Qatar is trying to cover up its clear technical failure of protecting its sports channels against piracy,' the statement noted.
The statement added 'The NMC understands the reasons that prompted the KSA to ban the channels of beIN Sports, a subsidiary of Al Jazeera Media Network (Al Jazeera) from broadcasting on its territories because it provides a media platform to terrorists to propagate their message and promote terrorism.'
The NMC also condemned Qatar's attempts to involve the beIN Sports into politics, which have been closely monitored and observed through its programs, which not only targeted the KSA, but also a number of Arab countries.
Concluding its statement, the NMC called for reviewing the legal status of beIN Sports in each country in light of these repeated involvements of sports into politics, especially during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
00:31 LOCAL TIME 21:31 GMT